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Melrose House

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In Pretoria

-25.755, 28.1925


+27 12 322 2805, +27 12 322 0420


Melrose House is a stately three-storey Victorian manor overlooking Burger's Park in Pretoria. It was  built in 1880 by prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys and named after Melrose Abbey in Scotland.

Victorian elegance abounds at this  historic home that offers one of the best-preserved examples of the change from Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors.

Bespoke furniture, ornate mirrors, elaborately moulded and gilded ceilings, painted glass windows, paintings and richly appointed rooms greet visitors who can easily spend hours wandering from room to room engrossed in the detail and finery of the opulent mansion. 

Of most interest to visitors is the dining room, which became the operational headquarters for the British forces during the Second Boer War (1899–1902). The Heys were good friends of President Kruger and, hoping to appear neutral in the conflict, they offered Melrose House to Lord Roberts, the Commander of the British Forces. Many eventful meetings took place at Melrose House until the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging that ended the war was signed there on 31 May 1902.

In the two-acre grounds of Melrose house there are various buildings to see, as well as George Heys’ enormous Minerva motorcar. In the stable complex a coffee shop serves light meals and refreshments. Guided tours are available by appointment only. Visitors may not take photographs inside the house.  

Address: 275 Jacob Mare Street, Pretoria

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